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William Butler Yeats (Уильям Батлер Йейтс)


The Dawn


I WOULD be ignorant as the dawn
That has looked down
On that old queen measuring a town
With the pin of a brooch,
Or on the withered men that saw
From their pedantic Babylon
The careless planets in their courses,
The stars fade out where the moon comes.
And took their tablets and did sums;
I would be ignorant as the dawn
That merely stood, rocking the glittering coach
Above the cloudy shoulders of the horses;
I would be -- for no knowledge is worth a straw --
Ignorant and wanton as the dawn. 



William Butler Yeats's other poems:
  1. Parnell's Funeral
  2. A Song From 'The Player Queen'
  3. The Circus Animals' Desertion
  4. Under Ben Bulben
  5. A Prayer For My Daughter


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